Part Two from our correspondent High Plateau Drifter,
2. OK, now on to Trump!
When Trump crashed onto the scene with his platform dedicated to the issues driving down middle class wages - immigration and trade deals (importing low wage labor and exporting American jobs overseas to cheap labor venues), I assumed that at least one or two of the career politicians would steal his issues and run with them all the way to the nomination. But not a single Republican has embraced those issues. What we get are the usual moral issues that government has neither the power nor the will to do anything about, along with the usual bromides that salute American exceptionalism. Apparently politicians are completely dependent upon contributions from globalists to run their campaigns and have not yet had the time and opportunity to sit down and beg their contributors indulgence while they gather votes sufficient to win and then abandon the middle class once in office.
But Republican politicians must be really stupid. They haven't noticed the obvious fact that our billionaire oligarchs are now divided on what must be done. with Mark Cuban, Carl Icahn and others now supporting Trump. If a Republican candidate is too stupid to recognize the fault lines developing among the oligarch class and incapable of exploiting those divisions for campaign cash, then there is no way that such a man or woman would be able to get anything done in D.C. as President. All of the establishment candidates have hired campaign consultants running 10 year old play books and cannot adapt to change.
What a sorry lot.
And one more thing. The advent of Trump on the scene has proven to me what I long suspected, namely that giving women the right to vote was the death of Western Civilization. My wife, an intelligent and sensible woman, hates Trump with a passion and says she could never vote for him, even though she agrees with him on the issues. I agree with her that Trump is an arrogant ass, but argue to no avail that his personality does not matter, while his issues are the only ones being spoken of in this election that do matter, and that only a rather unpleasant fellow – or indeed an arrogant ass - is going to be able to confront the DC establishment and force them to stand down. But to my wife, and to most women, it is his personality that matters. Sadly, the Country isn't worth saving unless a mild mannered nice guy can make the fair sex feel comfortable about the process!